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iPad 2 Will Be Available in Verizon Wireless stores tomorrow


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Verizon Wireless announced today that iPad 2 will be available at select Verizon Wireless stores nationwide beginning Friday, March 11 at 5 p.m. local time.  Verizon Wireless will offer three iPad 2 models that run on DataPak_Chartits 3G network: $629.99 for the 16 GB model, $729.99 for the 32 GB model and $829.99 for the 64 GB model, available in black or white.

Data Plans available for the iPad 2 are the same that are available for the Motorola Xoom, but are available without a contract, “providing the freedom to activate or cancel a plan at any time.”

So will you be planning on getting an iPad 2 from Verizon or just in general tomorrow?

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Want to get 1000 free rollover minutes from AT&T?


Apparently, word going around, is that AT&T is thanking SOME of its iPhone customers for sticking with them and not switching to their competitor, aka Verizon.  (I am not one of those lucky individuals.  I’m sure it has nothing to do with how I don’t mind pointing out how bad they suck in Kentucky)  One way of saying thanks, is that they’ve offering 1,000 free rollover minutes.  Again SOME people have received this text message from AT&T, I’m unaware of how wide spread it is, if you’re one of the lucky ones that AT&T loves and acknowledges, let us know!  If you’re like me and treated like the red headed step child of AT&T’s, you can still score the 1,000 free rollover minutes, and Uncle Mikie is gonna tell you how.

Simply text “yes” (without the quotes) to11113020 to get a reply text from AT&T saying you’ve been rewarded the minutes.

ATT_free_minutesYou’re welcome.  🙂

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See how bad AT&T compares to Verizon in Kentucky (and your area); Thanks to the iPhone and Coverage?


shapeimage_1Ever been traveling and wondered if you were going to get in or out of 3G coverage?  Maybe you’re just curious of the coverage in general where you currently at?  Maybe you’ve moved and looking for which company has the best coverage?  Whatever spin or usage that you can think of, the people behind Two Steps Beyond have recently had an app released in the App Store that can show you the coverage maps of the 4 major wireless providers. ( AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-mobile)

The funny thing is, this app is for the iPhone, which was still solely under AT&T at the time of the apps initial release, and this app basically can be used to show how poor AT&T’s 3G coverage is compared to Verizon and the other carriers.  A quick example: below are the AT&T 3G map and the Verizon 3G map showing what coverage I receive where I travel for work.  The blue marker marks my location when pulling up these maps. (home)

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So as it is clear, Verizon has a very clear lead over AT&T in terms of 3G coverage in Kentucky (and Tennessee from the looks of it).  This is just a funny spin on the usage of the app Coverage? though.  In all reality, for anyone that is travelling, this app is an absolute must, especially if you do a lot of work, and that data coverage is an all important aspect for you.  A great idea, a great concept, and perfectly executed for the smartphone traveler. 

**The app is also always being updated with the latest information regarding the coverage areas.  Version 2.0 added 4G coverage and new map overlays. 

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Geekasms 2010 Birthday/Christmas Wish List


Well, since today is my birthday, I thought I’d self indulge and make out my own Birthday/Christmas list, there really isn’t any real purpose to this, but here ya go, really in no particular order:

ipad-LEAD01iPad – Most might find this surprising if you just read and know me from this site, but until my iPhone, I had never owned a product from Apple, but I have slowly fell in love with them, and find the positives in them not only in my life but how I can use them in entertaining and educating my kids.  I already own an iPhone, so of course I want the next thing up!

MacBook Air – Like I said before, I’ve never own an Apple product before my iPhone, but just the thought of having a MacBook makes my mouth water.  I’ve never even played with a Mac in a store, but I still want this, for multiple reasons.

7190Bug to get potty trained –  Okay, this site isn’t totally tech related, I still have to show my Daddy side, and although she’s just 19 months old, she’s starting to tease this and well, its just a nice thought to have, so it’s a definite on my wish list

Google TV – I keep reading good things about the Logitech Revue and Google TV, although its not been embraced across the board yet, I still want it!

AT&T to expand 3G – Okay, I realize this won’t happen, but I still have my iPhone, so I’m putting this in, because well, working in 36 counties and only having 1 that has 3G, well Verizon offers 3G in at least 20 and there’s no reason AT&T shouldn’t.  Right?

41hrqOHCmZL._SL500_AA300_RC Helicopter – Yep, I’m a big kid, and with all the stress and headaches I deal with, I see nothing wrong with wanting a toy once in a while (ignoring me attempting to slowly rebuild a certain Spider-man collection).  Plus my house has high ceilings, so the house itself just screams to have a rc helicopter flying around!  Right?

NOOKColor – So I’ve decided that at 30, I should try and read more, and what better way to get me going and entice the tech geek then with something like this?  Plus with everyone and their mom owning a Kindle, plus B&N is looking to launch its own Android app store in the coming months, so that just adds interest to it.

Kinect – Yeah I might be 30, and I might be a father of 3, but that doesn’t stop me from WANTING to play games, even though I haven’t really had a chance to sit down and play a game in 5 years (unless I sneak to my bro’s place).  So yes, definitely I have this on my list, if only for the stress relief aspects, because no offense to Mario, but he can only go so far sometimes.

Google Nexus S – I’ve been lucky enough to test a few Android powered phones lately, and it has my interest peaked.  The problem is, not actually owning the phone limits what I can and cannot do with the models I get to test.  The Samsung Nexus S comes with Google’s latest version of the Android OS installed right out the box, delivering a sleeker interface and added functionality like multi-tasking, copy & paste, an improved keyboard, and the ability to turn the Nexus S into a Wi-Fi hotspot.  The hardware is beefed up too.  Just makes me itch wanting it.

2350Wrist Watch – Now you might wonder why I’m not specific, well its because I’m not that picky!  I tend to be pretty rough on watches, getting the faces scratched pretty quick, and I haven’t had one in a couple of years, and my wrist feels naked and lonely without one.  Plus I find myself looking at my Power Balance band to check the time once in a while, and I’m worried people are going to start wondering.

Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select – WHAT?!  Yep, Kentucky born and raise, so I’m definitely a bourbon drinker, and nothing is better then bourbon from just up the road in Versailles.  I’m truly a simple man at heart, and Woodford Reserve always makes me happy.

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AT&T Named the Worst Mobile Carrier by Consumer Reports


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Well, better late to the party then never I suppose.  According to a survey of nearly 60,000 people, where more then 30,000 were iPhone users, AT&T was rated the worst wireless service in the US.

In a survey conducted by Consumer Reports, U.S. Cellular was ranked the best wireless provider, while Verizon and Sprint were neck-and-neck in most areas of satisfaction.  AT&T was the only wireless provider to show a significant decrease in satisfaction.

Its suggested that one of the reasons, especially when a large portion of the group owns Apple’s iPhones, is that AT&T is behind other networks offering 4G capabilities.  4G?!  Most of the area I cover doesn’t even have 3G coverage with AT&T, while Verizon Wireless has zooming 3G and data coverage in most of the areas AT&T does not.

Once using the excuse of having heavy data usage because of the iPhone as reasons behind their problems, its hard to buy into that excuse anymore, especially with the influx of other smartphone platforms taking over the other networks.  (Refer to my comparing of a Verizon Wireless Droid X to my years of using the iPhone on AT&T).

If the rumored Verizon iPhone comes up early next year, look for more backlash then expected as more studies and feedback come in showing that AT&T is bad across the board and people realize that its not “then” and that AT&T isn’t trying to make things better.

I didn’t realize what I was missing with the data coverage until I got to play with a phone from Verizon.  What about you?  How would you rate your current carrier?

**Disclaimer**

I have been an AT&T customer since 2005, and an iPhone user since early 2009.  Verizon Wireless provided Geekasms.com a test unit to try for 2 weeks to compare service and the Android OS.  All major providers received the same request, with only Verizon responding.  No wireless carriers are sponsor or advertisers on Geekasms.com

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Motorola Droid X & Verizon Wireless service–Reviewed by an iPhone and AT&T user


Okay, up front, I have been an AT&T customer for the past 6 years, and have been an iPhone user for the past 2.  With that said, this review is meant more towards the overall experience with the Droid X and Verizon’s service rather then with the technical specifics, you can get those anywhere.

BACKGROUND

I live in a small town in Kentucky, off of I75, and my job has me travelling across at least 36 counties in the southeastern section of the state, through the Daniel Boone forest and the Appalachian Mountains.  The general range I have to travel allowed me an opportunity to not only test a device, but I wanted to test a different service then just AT&T which I have been accustom to.  Verizon Wireless was gracious enough to give me an opportunity to not only demo their service, but also the Motorola Droid X for a couple of weeks.  My first venture with an Android based phone and Verizon.

THE PHONE

droidxThe first and initial impressions I had of the phone was not only its screen size, but the phone’s overall size.  When looking at the side by side, the Droid is noticeably larger then the iPhone, and to some this might be a negative, but after using it, I’d being willing to argue that it is a plus.  Not only was the screen very sharp, maybe not as sharp as the iPhone 4, but sharp none the less, and the larger screen made it nicer to watch videos, look at photos and play, yes; Angry Birds!

The phone comes with four basic function buttons at the bottom of the screen;  Menu, Home, Search, and Back.  As a constant iPhone user, this took a little adjusting to, I found myself having to remember to hit the Menu button for certain options to appear in apps that I was used to bring up with the swipe of a finger.  Nothing really to complain or fuss about, just the nature of the beast and difference between devices.  Call quality was fine for me, and I have no complaints in regards to the quality of the calls.

The device itself runs fast and responds quickly to commands and opening of apps.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in terms of performance, but was impressed by the phone.  The interface took a little getting used to, but it didn’t take very long to grow accustomed to it.  I realize it’s a custom UI for the phone, and differs from other Android based phones, but as this is my first, I have no basis to compare, and won’t attempt to.  I found the IU extremely reasonable on how it functioned, and really have no ill regards towards it in anyway.

Another feature, which I was impressed by somewhat, was the camera.  Pretty much standard for any smartphone anymore, the camera worked well for the shots I took with it, including the built in flash, which was nice being that I’m still in the dark ages with my old school iPhone 3G and am not used to having a flash available on my phone.  One thing that truly impressed me was the video taking capabilities of the phone, as I recorded a few minutes of a basketball game, and had no problem with the video quality and fast movements that came with that recording.

The one draw back, which is something you will see mentioned on nearly all reviews, is the battery life of the phone.  I do a lot of texting, internet, and heavy emailing during the day, and my iPhone has been through the paces.  I have to charge it at least every night, if not plug it up at some point while travelling on the road to ensure I get through the day, so poor battery life is something I’ve just learned to live with currently.  That is one thing I did notice with the Droid X.  I didn’t use it near as heavy as I would my normal phone, and the battery would need to be charged by the evenings, especially if I did any heavy net surfing.  I would say its equivalent to the battery life I currently have on my iPhone 3G, which, isn’t that great, to say the least, but considering some of the aspects of the phone itself, I can see where it would get into having battery life issues.

Technical Specs

  • Verizon Motorola Droid X
  • Android 2.1
  • 4.3” LCD 854×480
  • TI OMAP 3630 1Ghz
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB Internal, 16BG/32GB (microSD)
  • 8 Megapixel camera
  • 3G, Wifi b/g, BT
  • FM Radio
  • TV Out (HDMI)
  • 4.6 x 2.3 x .047”, 4.6oz
  • 1540mAh battery

THE SERVICE

This is the nuts and bolts of why I truly wanted a chance to do this.  I’m going to be very candid and say I’m accustomed to AT&T’s service.  I only have 3G speed available in one small area of my entire 36 county region, and that is in Somerset, KY.  I have grown accustomed to not only random quick dead spots that will cause dropped called, but full blown dead areas, not only in Rockcastle County, but throughout Eastern Kentucky.  Its something I’ve just learned to live around and know.  I’ve traveled the same roads so much the past few years, I know when and where I can make a call or need to end a call early, and the worst part?  In 6 years, nothing has been done to improve the signal quality.

When I received the Verizon phone, I wasn’t only surprised, but I was amazed.  The data speed in which the phone had, sitting in my living room was above and beyond what I received with my iPhone.  Even in the only AT&T 3G area I’m typically in, the Droid X moved faster on data then my iPhone.  Most dead spots that I had grown accustomed to, were none existent with the Verizon phone.  No dropped calls either.

One hiccup I did have, was while attending a college football game in Lexington, the Verizon service did seem to have a few hiccups while I tried to use it in the stadium, but so does my iPhone unless I turn off 3G, so there isn’t a big surprise there which the crowds at Commonwealth Stadium, I just felt it was something to note.

One other candid comment I’d like to make.  I sent the same request to all major Wireless providers in the area, including a few smaller ones.  I only had 2 respond to my request (One where I voiced desire to not only test a device, but their service in the region).  Verizon was the first to respond and have been very gracious in their support, I hope to work out another deal with the other company (Appalachian Wireless) to demo a product and give a similar report to their service soon.

BOTTOM LINE

As a iPhone user for the past few years, I was impressed with the Droid X’s design and functioning, not only as a phone but as an overall device, as I’m the type that expects a lot out of his device, and will milk it for everything it has.  For now, I’m personally going to stick with my iPhone, mainly because I have a few apps that I rely on, that are not currently available on the Android market.  Although with that said, let me also point out that I found some of the apps available on the Android market, very desirable, and unavailable to myself on my iPhone (NFL anyone).

As for the service.  I came in expecting it to be a little more reliable then AT&T, simply by word of mouth, but I was blown away by the difference between Verizon and AT&T’s signal strength and cell reception in what are typically weak and dead zones, not to mention the data speeds I was able to get around my test area.  When it comes to the iPhone being available on Verizon, I very well could be one of the first in line when it becomes available.

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